Both beaches are the must see in their categories. You got all the services you need, even accomodation ( In fact I stayed in Paradise one week in 93), food, drinks, camping, hotel, laundry, hair stylist, restaurant, coffe shop, travel agency, etc etc.
Music 24 hours x 24 hours, beach parties, crazy life, never boring believe me.
Mykonos is famous for its windmills. Not much else. You won't find any ancient Greek temples here, but there are some old monuments on the nearby island of Delos.
Mykonos is a popular stop on cruise ship tours of the Greek Islands. Upon disembarking at port, cruise ship passengers head right for the windmills like a column of ants going after a dropped crumb of baklava.
In the 19th century windmills were built on Mykonos and used to grind wheat into flour.
At one time Mykonos had 28 windmills in operation, but now most are in dilapidated condition. The most photographed windmills are the five in a row visible from the port.
Another popular one is on top of the hill at the Agricultural Museum, which is still in functioning condition.
So, like millions of tourists before your arrival (and the three hundred walking behind you), you go to the set of five windmills on your right as you get off the ship and then make your way up the hill past all of the white buildings to the Agricultural Museum windmill.
Of course if you visit Mykonos you can not avoid this great tempation, the beach.
Ornos is a little town located at more or less 7 kilometers from Mykonos Port. You can take a bus (they have a good service) and they put you just on the sand. Bars, pubs, restaurants, and all those places to spend a fun time are close to you. Then, never forget these classical "thing to do", go to the beach for a nice tanning and to meet people!
How picturesque is that? And to think, there are so many other beaches on the island, and possibly even more beautiful. There’s even a beach called Paradise and another called Super Paradise. Well, just experiencing this part of the island was paradise enough for me.
I just had to take a picture of this adorable local woman. Doesn't she look like a sweet old lady who'd just shower her grandkids with hugs and kisses and bake them cookies too (well maybe not cookies, but whatever the Greek version of that might be - baklava perhaps)?
A feature of the island, the pelican has gained a sort of celebrity status. Cherished by locals and admired by visitors, this long-billed, webbed-footed, feathery (and quite a big) creature is constantly approached, fed, and/or photographed. Really, it’s an attraction in and of itself.
The original pelican celeb was Petros. He was found after a storm in 1954, and for some reason or another decided to cease all migrating habits to become one of the locals. Well, who could blame him... beautiful scenery, free food, and affection - for life.
Petros lived on Mykonos for thirty years until his death, but no worries, his spirit lives on. You can see it in his descendants who have made the waterfront home. But wait, you too can own a part of Petros history. Just wander into any souvenir shop on the island and purchase a stuffed animal in the pelican’s liking, which come in all sizes - small, medium, and large.
These pure white, cylindrical structures with conical roofs were once used for grinding agricultural products. But nowadays, these windmills see more cameras flashing than grain or wheat. With such unique aesthetics, it’s no wonder they’ve become one of the island’s most recognized landmarks. You’ll find these five windmills on the western tip of town.
Northeast of the Five Windmills, the area of town where you see buildings constructed right on the water’s edge with their balconies overhanging the breaking waves is appropriately referred to as “Little Venice.” This is also the artist’s quarters and one of the best spots to view the sunset .
Considered to be the most famous church on the island, Paraportiani is actually a complex of five churches. Four of the churches were built on the ground to form the base, and the fifth was placed on top to form a central domed roof. Interesting stuff, huh?
Funny story, but originally, I insisted on deleting this only picture P.G. took of the church because I didn’t really care for it too much. Besides, we already had tons of pictures of churches. But now, after seeing the exact same picture on the web, I’ve come to realize its cultural and architectural significance. Thank goodness for P.G.’s sense.
There are hundreds of Greek churches like this one dotting the island. They are typically small, private chapels that are locally owned. We stepped inside the small space of this church and experienced something both eerie and magical at the same time.